The bean with bacon soup turned out great, even though I used only 1 pound of bacon. Made up the difference with an envelope of Goya brand ham bouillon. The beans boiled for 30 minutes before being loaded into jars and processed. Two days later, the result is almost the same consistency as a commercial can of bwb soup. Recipe yielded 10 pints.
I went on to can 7 pints of beef stew, but haven't opened any yet.
DH has been complaining lately that I cook too much (too many leftovers), so this round of canning has satisfied my yen for a while. Just don't have the knack for cooking for two.
Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement. I feel I have expanded a skill set that benefits everyone around me.
Bean with bacon soup, home canned pints.